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Song by Robert Burns: 'Whistle and I'll come to you my lad' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
A light hearted love song by Robert Burns describing how a young lady wants her sweetheart to pay her amorous attentions, but not too openly. (poem no 420)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT386A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Song by Robert Burns 'Whistle and I'll come to you my lad'
Subject:
Burns derived this song from an old fragment (in the Herd collection) as he often did, and offered it to George Thomson attached to his letter of August 1793 (letter no 578) for inclusion in his collection of Scottish Airs.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (music publisher)
When:
August 1793 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns derived this song from an old fragment (in the Herd collection) as he often did, and offered it to George Thomson attached to his letter of August 1793 (letter no 578) for inclusion in his collection of Scottish Airs.
Description:
In this first page of the song Robert Burns shows the 'Come -hither' attitude of the girl to her sweetheart. However he is to approach her covertly, not approaching her directly or too publicly.